Fish evacuated from Hunstanton sanctuary after power cuts in flood

Waves lash the seafront in Hunstanton Waves lash the seafront in Hunstanton

Friday, December 6, 2013
10:02 AM

A major operation is underway to rescue hundreds of fish from Hunstanton Sea Life Centre after power was lost during last nights storms.

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The building has suffered serious damage but the full extent is as yet unknown.

Sanctuary general manager Nigel Croasdale praised the efforts of the fire service and his own staff.

“My displays team and three other staff worked right through the night and we have all been very anxious about the welfare of our resident creatures,” he said.

“I cannot praise them highly enough, and so far their efforts have paid off with not a single fish or other resident lost.”

He added that with a very real prospect that electricity might not be restored to the building for days, all the residents would be moved to alternative facilities as quickly as possible.

Marine experts from Weymouth were supervising the transfer which focused on the fish first.

The Sanctuary’s resident otters and penguins are also likely to be relocated until power is restored and necessary repairs carried out.

The Sea Life Centre will be closed to visitors until further notice and anyone who was planning to visit in the near future is advised to check the website beforehand.

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